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Ba market closes

Felix Chaudhary
Tuesday, March 05, 2013

VENDORS at the Ba Municipal Market were forced to sell perishable fruit and vegetables from their vehicles after it was closed at 7am yesterday as the Ba River threatened to burst its banks.

Ra maker vendor Etuate Nagata the vendors were informed the market was closed when they arrived at the produce trading centre early yesterday.

"There was some flooding around the market area and we noticed that the Ba River level was very high," he said.

"Officers from the Ba Town Council informed us that the market was closed for our safety but because we had vegetables and fruit that could go bad, we decided to sell them from our carrier."

When The Fiji Times news team conducted a survey of the market yesterday only three vendors were spotted selling goods from their vehicles.

Ba and Tavua special administrator Arun Prasad confirmed the river reached critical level yesterday morning and businesses were keeping a close watch on the weather ahead of any need to evacuate stock and personnel.